by Felicity Arbuthnot
February 01, 2014
"The greatest crime
since World War II
has been U.S. foreign policy."
(Former US Attorney
General, Ramsey Clark, b 1927.)
As outlined by Felicity
Arbuthnot in this incisive historical review, the US is
now providing weapons to the Maliki government to fight
Al Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant (AQIL).
In a bitter irony, they are
also supplying AQIL with weapons to fight the US puppet
This article carefully documents the role of war crimes
in feeding the military industrial complex.
"War is Good for Business"
and so are war crimes.
Russia is tacitly complicit
in selling weapons to the Iraqi "government" which
constitutes a US proxy regime.
The not so hidden objective is twofold:
to feed multibillion
dollar contracts to the US weapons producers while
also contributing to the ongoing destruction of Iraq
as a nation state.
(GR Editor. M.Ch.)
Iraq War Preparations
Behind Closed Door
On February 10th 2003, German Green MP Joschka Fischer,
then Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor, stunned an international security
conference, in Munich's opulent 19th century Bayerischer
Hof hotel discussing the proposed invasion of Iraq, by banging on the table,
switching to English to guarantee Donald Rumsfeld understood and
shouted of the US arguments for war:
"…I am not convinced."
As he spoke, he gazed at the then US Defence
Secretary over his silver, half framed spectacles, concluding:
"That is my problem, I cannot go to the
public and say, 'these are the reasons', because I don't believe in
A stony faced Rumsfeld was described as:
"gazing at Mr. Fischer through a tropical
plant… he looked like a tiger in the jungle, ready to pounce."
The astute Herr Fischer recognized a pack of
lies when he heard them and saved Germany from enjoining a war of aggression
- Nuremberg's "supreme international crime" - against a country which posed
no threat and had no way of defending itself against the world's most
devastating and destructive weapons, whose poisonous residual pollution will
continue to maim and kill generations to come for all time.
Tony and George W.
Both Tony "I'd do it again" Blair and
George W. Bush face a citizen's arrest
whenever they appear in public, with Blair also reiterating with others
responsible for bombing Iraq back to a pre-industrial age (again) that the
country is a better place without Saddam,
"a tyrant who killed his own people."
In fact the Western trumpeted mass graves found
in Iraq were from the 1991 war and subsequent US encouraged uprising and
it's predictably violent suppression.
In Kurdistan, where the people in the Iran border are were terribly caught
in the crossfire from the weapons used by both devastated sides (and sold to
both sides by the US)
Saddam Hussein was firmly in the firing line
for the terrible deaths at Halabja.
However a meticulous 1990 US War College Report
threw doubt on the facts of even that horror, stating:
"Iraq was blamed for the Halabja attack,
even though it was subsequently brought out that Iran too had used
chemicals in this operation, and it seemed likely that it was the
Iranian bombardment that had actually killed the Kurds." (i)
Further, according to a 2008 study (ii),
George W. Bush "and seven top officials -
including Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin
Powell and then National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice - made 935
false statements about Iraq" during the two years following 11th
However, the US and UK are seemingly remarkably
selective when it comes to tyrants who "kill their own people", and not only
have failed to censure their tyrannical Iraqi puppet, Nuri al-Maliki,
but are arming him to the teeth with the same
weapons which are linked to the horrific birth
defects, and cancers throughout Iraq, which he is now using on
"his own people."
Moreover, if allegations from very well informed
sources that he holds an Iranian passport are correct, to say that US-UK's
despot of choice appears in a whole new political light would be to
"Good for Business"
To facilitate Al-Maliki's assault on Iraq's citizens, the US "rushed"
seventy five Hellfire missiles to Baghdad in mid-December.
On 23rd January Iraq requested
a further five hundred Hellfires, costing $82 million - small change
compared to the $14 Billion in weapons provided by America since 2005.
The AGM-114R Hellfire II (image below), nauseatingly named "Romeo", clocked
in at: $94,000 each - in 2012.
Such spending on weaponry in a country where
electricity, clean water, education and health services have all but
collapsed since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
Last week an,
"American cargo jet loaded with weapons"
including 2,400 rockets to arm Iraqi attack helicopters also arrived in
This week a contract was agreed to sell a
further twenty four AH-64E attack helicopters (image below) to Iraq,
"along with spare parts and maintenance, in
a massive $6.2 Billion deal."
With them comes the reinvasion of Iraq, with:
"hundreds of Americans" to be shipped out
"to oversee the training and fielding of equipment", some are "US
government employees", read military, plus a plethora of "contractors",
read mercenaries. (iv)
According to Jane's Defence Weekly, on
November 15th 2013 Iraq also took delivery of:
" its first shipment of highly advanced
Mi-35 attack helicopters as part of a $4.3 Billion arms purchase from
Russia", of an order of "about 40 Mi-35 and 40 Mi-28 Havoc attack
"Defeating Al Qaeda",
"Saving the Lives of Civilians"
The all to "attack his own people" in the guise of defeating "Al Qaeda" in
Anbar province and elsewhere where the people have been peacefully
protesting a near one man regime of torture, sectarianism, kangaroo courts
which sentence victims who have also had confessions extracted under
The chilling death penalty regime, lead the UN Commissioner for Human
Rights, Navi Pillay to comment, with considerable understatement:
"Weaknesses in the criminal justice system
means that the death sentence is often handed down under questionable
circumstances in Iraq."
On 22nd January it was
reported that thirty eight people had been executed in the previous four
In 2013 Iraq had the third highest executions in
the world, according to Amnesty International. So now Al-Maliki is to
unleash weapons of mass destruction on any who oppose his reign of terror.
Hellfire missiles, also used by the US forces in
Fallujah are described as "Thermobaric Hellfire Missiles" (vi)
"Their effective performance in Fallujah led
to major production contracts in 2005."
"Thermobaric weapons use high temperature/high pressure explosives as
anti-personnel incendiary weapons. They char or vaporize victims in the
immediate target location, or suffocate and collapse internal organs
with their extended blast/vacuum effects."
"These weapons use a new generation of reactive metal explosives, some
of which are suspected of using Uranium for the high temperature and
increased kinetic blast effects.
If Uranium enhanced warheads were used in
Fallujah these may have contained between ten and one hundred kgs of
Uranium per warhead, depending on weapon type."
They also contain a fuel air explosive (FAE) of which:
"The (blast) kill mechanism against living
targets is unique and unpleasant… What kills is the pressure wave, and
more importantly, the subsequent rarefaction (vacuum) which ruptures the
If the fuel deflagrates but does not
detonate, victims will be severely burned and will probably also inhale
the burning fuel.
Since the most common FAE fuels, ethylene
oxide and propylene oxide are highly toxic, undetonated FAE should prove
as lethal to personnel caught within the cloud as most chemical agents",
according to the US Defence Intelligence Agency.
Syria watchers please note...
The temperature within the detonation can reach
4,500 to 5,400°F (2,500 to 3,000°C). Outside the cloud, the blast wave
travels at over two miles per second (3.2 km/s) - 7200 mph.
There are also reports of white phosphorous or napalm having being used by
Maliki's forces in Falluja. Certainly if one two minute video is authentic,
as it appears to be, a tell tale inflammatory weapon which cannot be
extinguished is well apparent. (vii - in Arabic, but the visual
speaks for itself.)
On 28th January World Bulletin recorded:
"Some 650 people have been killed or injured
and 140,000 displaced by indiscriminate army shelling in Iraq's western
city of Fallujah" according to Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama Nujaifi.
The people of Samarra, whose eye wateringly
beautiful, golden domed Al-Askari Mosque was blown up in 2006, offered their
homes and hospitality to the people fleeing Fallujah and Anbar province, but
Maliki's security warned Samarra residents not to accept any displaced
Fallujah and Anbar families.
They were given twenty four hours to leave
Samarra, writes a friend in Iraq, adding:
"Can you believe such criminality? Forcing
the kicking out the refugees who left their houses due to heavy bombing
by Maliki's criminal forces?"
On Thursday 30th January a
source with contacts in Fallujah gave the names behind the statistics of
just a few of the injured arriving at Fallujah General Hospital:
Iman Mohammed Abdul Razzaq 40 years old
Isaac Saleh Mohammed 4 years (Male)
Abeer Mohammed Saleh 18 years old
Shorooq Borhan Ali 7 years (female)
Ashoaq Mohammed Jassim, 25 years old
Sarah Mohammed Odeh, 13 years old
Fatima Mohammed Odeh, 15 years old (female)
Saleh Mohammed Abdul Razzaq 45 years old
Nobel 'Peace' Laureate
and Prime Minister David Cameron's regimes are as culpable for their
continuing support and facilitating of Al-Maliki's crimes against humanity
as were Bush and Blair in the lies that delivered Iraq's ongoing death and
But they would do well to note that the escalation of the unrest in Fallujah
began on the 30th of December, the anniversary of Saddam
Hussein's execution - by a man who was also called Al-Maliki.
The puppet Iraqi Prime Minister further enraged a justifiably angry
population last week with a speech on TV talking of the interference of
other countries and their support for terrorist groups.
The response was to point out his apparent
amnesia over the fact that he entered Iraq on the back of the American tanks
in an illegal invasion - and there is still the question of that alleged
Given the Iraqi's record of running out of patience with imposed despots, he
should watch out.
The last imposed Prime Minister called Nuri
(al-Said) who ignored, as Wiki puts it:
"poverty and social injustice, became a
symbol of a regime that failed to address these issues, choosing a
course of repression, to protect the privileged", met a very unpleasant
As mentioned before, Iraq's history repeats in